‘Massive’ yard sale Saturday at Summit Academy to benefit teacher with rare ‘stiff-person syndrome’

in Community/Salt Lake County

SALT LAKE CITY — Like most Utah educators, Summit Academy special education teacher Ravien Parsons can’t wait to return to the classroom in August.

To do that, she needs to raise $30,000 to purchase a used, wheelchair-accessible van so she can commute to school and more fully participate in life.

On Saturday, residents of Salt Lake County have an opportunity to help her reach her goal by shopping at what organizers describe as a massive community yard sale fundraiser to be held from from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Summit Academy, 1940 W. 14400 South in Bluffdale.

“I’m hoping that we’ll raise enough money for her to get back and forth. I need her in my school,” said Summit Academy Principal Diana Brantley.

Parsons has taught school for 10 years and started at Summit Academy last year. She works with children with mild and moderate disabilities in grades four through six at the public charter school that serves about 500 students preschool through sixth grade.

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